Argentina will commence their World Cup bid on Saturday, when they will clash against first-timers Iceland. This might be the last World Cup for star forward Lionel Messi, who is now 31 years old. Argentina struggled a lot in order to go through the qualifiers, and only secured their spot in the final match-day. Iceland have been steadily growing over the past couple of years and were sensational in the EURO Cup in 2016. World Cup Argentina vs Iceland Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 6-16-2018, 09:00 EDT
Spread: Argentina -1.25
Total: 2.25 Goals
World Champions in 1978 and 1986, Argentina will now look for their first trophy in over thirty years. They have one of the best players in soccer history in their ranks, Lionel Messi, who is hungry for the trophy. Besides Lionel Messi, Argentina have a scary offensive line with Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and PSG’s Angel Di Maria. Argentina went through hell in order to secure their ticket, as they really struggled in the qualifiers. Argentina have displayed mixed results in their warm-up friendlies ever since (3-2-0). They defeated Russia, Italy and Haiti with clean sheets, but suffered bad losses against Spain (1-6) and Nigeria (4-2).
On the other hand, Iceland are participating in the World Cup for the first time in their history. They were the surprise package of the 2016 EURO Cup, where they managed to reach the quarter-finals. The Group is far from easy, as Iceland will not only have to fight Croatia for the 2nd spot, but also Nigeria who are really sturdy. Iceland have played numerous friendlies over the past months (2-4-2). They don’t have many great players, but they are all ready to fight for their country. Led by Everton’s classy midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson and Augsburg’s forward Alfred Finnbogason, the Vikings will now try to repeat 2016’s success.
Argentina had some tough luck in the qualifiers and were almost left out of the World Cup. However, Lionel Messi took over just in time, and carried Argentina to the group stage. He is trying to secure an elusive World Cup that is missing from his trophy room.
Iceland are a very physical side, and that might cause problems to the undersized Argentinians. They know that playing defense might not save them in this match, so Iceland will try to hit on the counter-attack. I am not sure if this is going to be easy for Argentina, and we just might see Over 2.25 Goals here.
World Cup Argentina vs Iceland Prediction: Argentina -1.25 (-117)
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World Cup Argentina vs Iceland Spread and Prediction